Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hawaii's Infant Safe Haven Law - A Summary

Did you know that Hawaii has an infant safe haven law? Here's a summary:

Infant's Age
Rev. Stat. § 587D-2
A child who is no more than 72 hours old may be relinquished.

Who May Relinquish the Infant
Rev. Stat. § 587D-2
A person may leave the child with a safe haven provider.

Who May Receive the Infant
Rev. Stat. § 587D-2
The child may be left with the personnel of a hospital, fire station, police station, or emergency services provider.

Responsibilities of the Safe Haven Provider
Rev. Stat. §§ 587D-3; 587D-4
When a person leaves a newborn child with a safe haven provider, the provider shall make every reasonable effort to solicit the following information:
  • The child's name
  • The name and address of the parent or person dropping off the child
  • Where the child was born
  • The child's medical history
  • The child's birth family's medical history, including major illnesses and diseases
  • Any other information that might reasonably assist the Department of Human Services in determining the best interests of the child, including whether the parents plan to seek custody of the child in the future
The provider:
  • May provide the person leaving the newborn child with information on how to contact relevant social service agencies
  • Shall notify appropriate law enforcement agencies that a child was received for purposes of matching the child with missing children reports
  • Refusal of the person leaving the child to provide personal information shall not prevent personnel from accepting the child.
If a safe haven provider receives a child, the provider shall perform any act necessary, in accordance with generally accepted standards of their respective professional practice, to protect, preserve, and aid the physical health and safety of the child during the temporary physical custody.

Within 24 hours of receiving an unharmed newborn child, the provider shall inform the department that a child has been left at the premises. The department shall not be informed until the person leaving the child has left the premises. If the child is received in a harmed condition, the provider shall notify appropriate law enforcement agencies, regardless of whether the person or persons leaving the child has left the premises.

Immunity for the Provider
Rev. Stat. § 587D-5
A hospital, health-care provider, or hospital personnel, fire station, firefighter, fire personnel, police station, police officer, police personnel, and emergency services personnel acting in good faith in receiving a newborn child shall be immune from:
  • Any criminal liability that otherwise might result from their actions
  • Any civil liability that otherwise might result from merely receiving a newborn child
  • A hospital, health-care provider, hospital personnel, a fire station, firefighter, fire personnel, police station, police officer, police personnel, and emergency services personnel who are mandated reporters under § 350-1.1 shall be immune from any criminal or civil liability that otherwise might result from the failure to make a report if the person is acting in good faith in complying with this chapter.

Protection for Relinquishing Parent
Rev. Stat. § 587D-2
A person may leave a newborn child at a safe haven without being subject to prosecution for abandonment of a child pursuant to § 709-902, provided that the newborn child is left in an unharmed condition.

Effect on Parental Rights
Rev. Stat. §§ 587D-6; 587D-7
Upon receiving custody of a newborn child who has been discharged from a hospital that received the newborn child pursuant to § 587D-3, the Department of Human Services may reunite the newborn child with the newborn's parents.

The department may search for relatives of the newborn child as a placement or permanency option or implement other placement requirements that give a preference to relatives, provided that the department has information as to the identity of the newborn child, the newborn child's mother, or the newborn child's father.

For purposes of proceedings under this chapter and adoption proceedings, a newborn child left at a hospital, fire station, police station, or emergency services provider shall be considered an abandoned child.

Related links:
Learn more about child welfare topics here
Learn about HOPE INC adoption agency here

An Energizing March for Life Video

See if you can spot former Hawaii Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo.

The Deacon's Bench

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fr. Barron comments on Abortion: Shocking Numbers out of New York

Vermont nurse - offers a vision of caring rather than assisted suicide

From Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has made the legalization of assisted suicide in Vermont a priority for his government.

In response to Shumlin, Lynne Caulfield, a registered nurse from Dummerston Vermont wrote an inspiring letter that was published in the Rutland Herald paper on January 23, 2011. Caufield made several valid points and she referred to her own personal experience in the death of her husband.

Caufield first stated:
It is hard to believe that with all the pressing budget issues facing the 2011 Legislature, Gov. Peter Shumlin has made doctor-prescribed death one of his first priorities.

Funded with money outside of Vermont, the proponents of doctor-prescribed death have targeted Vermont as their next victim. It is a sad day when human beings want to help other human beings to die rather than extending compassionate and respectful care to ease suffering and pain. It is especially disturbing that health care professionals are being called upon to assist patients to die rather than live. Read more
Take action! Hawai'i currently faces a similar threat from a senate bill (SB 803) that would legalize doctor-prescribed death in our state. To join the effort to protect the lives of those it would target, contact Hawaii Right to Life at 808.585.8205 or office(at)hrtl(dot)org.

Oregon Doctor-Prescribed Death Law Results in Increased Deaths in 2010

From Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

In Oregon, the 2010 Death with Dignity report was released. Once again, the number of assisted suicide deaths have increased. In 2010, there were 65 reported cases of assisted suicide in Oregon. There were 59 reported deaths from the 96 lethal prescriptions that were written with an additional 6 deaths from lethal prescriptions written in previous years.

The Oregon stats continue to indicate that elder abuse is likely. Those who died by assisted suicide indicated that: 61 (93.8%) of the people felt a loss of autonomy, 61 (93.8%) felt a decreasing ability to participate in activities, while 51 (78.5%) of the people felt that they had lost dignity.

Take action! Hawai'i is currently facing the legislative threat of doctor-prescribed death. To join the effort protect the lives of those who would be vulnerable to this deadly bill, contact Hawaii Right to Life at 808.585.8205 or office(at)hrtl(d0t)org.

40 Days for Life Honolulu

This spring, from March 9 - April 17, Honolulu will be one of many global cities participating in the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history -- the 40 Days for Life campaign. 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:
  • 40 days of prayer and fasting
  • 40 days of peaceful vigil
  • 40 days of public outreach
We are praying that, with God's help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Hawai'i and around the world.

These campaigns are making a difference! So far, 40 Days for Life campaigns have resulted in:
  • 3,599 lives confirmed saved
  • 43 abortion workers quit
  • 9 abortion facilities closed
While all aspects of 40 Days for Life are crucial in our effort to end abortion, the most visible component is the peaceful, public prayer vigil. You can help make a life-saving impact by joining our local vigil at:

Planned Parenthood of Hawai'i
1350 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96814

The building is on the mauka side of King, 1/2 block 'ewa of Ke'eaumoku. We pray on the sidewalk in front of the building.

To learn more or let us know how you feel called to serve God in this effort, please contact 40 Days for Life Honolulu:

Isaiah, Campaign Director, 383-5137, isaiah40daysforlife(at)gmail(dot)com

Monday, January 24, 2011

Incorruptible — Why the Devil Uses Abortion to Eliminate Down Syndrome

In the fictional novel The Clowns of God by Morris West, Jesus comes back to earth, and some people think it’s Him while some don’t. At one point, Jesus is at a school for children with Down syndrome, and He is holding a little girl. Jesus says:
Read the entire article here.

Photos from the Hawaii March for Life 2011

Miss Hawaii 2009 Offers Hula at March for Life

Miss Hawaii 2009, Raeceen Woolford, shared her aloha with attendees of March for Life Hawai'i 2011 by offering pro-life testimony and hula.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Anti-abortion rally appeals to younger set

From Honolulu Star-Advertiser
By Gordon Y.K. Pang

Organizers for an anti-abortion rally held each year on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision said they wanted to draw a younger audience.

So yesterday's March For Life event on the grounds of the state Capitol featured for the first time a Keiki Fun Fair, as well as a healthy dose of music and speeches by young people.

"For the first time, we had a theme: "Celebrating Life for Generations to Come," said Janet Grace, executive director for Hawaii Right to Life. "We designed it for (young people) to really be more active in the pro-life movement."

Gracie Cockett, a member of the youth group Generation Joshua, spoke to the crowd about the need to try to make a difference. Full story

March for Life Hawaii media coverage from KHON2 News

Click here to watch a brief video clip

Anti-Abortion Rally Held At Hawaii State Capitol


Celebration of Life, Demonstration Also Held

HONOLULU -- A anti-abortion rally was held at the Hawaii State Capitol Saturday.

A day after pro-abortion rights activists rallied around the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, which made abortion legal in all states 38 years ago.

Hundreds of demonstrators came to get out their message of life.

"Life is so precious and the dignity of a living person is so important to us," said Deacon Walter Yoshimitsu, with the Roman Catholic Church in the State of Hawaii. Full story

Marking Roe

Life.comMercatorNet | Sheila Reports

by Sheila Liaugminas

The Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion in America turns 38 today. It’s getting old.

The argument for ”choice” is losing a significant amount of whatever credibility it had, and it had that as a result of a concerted marketing campaign of deception, truth be told. The cumulative effect of abortion leaders, providersand survivors coming over to the pro-life movement with thegravity of their experienceand awareness and witness has been a reversal of public acceptance of abortion laws in recent years.

So did the pro-abortion American president keep a low profile on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade? Not exactly. Read more